That electricity helped the Raiders get off to a good start, leading to a 20-7 victory. Yet not all Las Vegas gamers have done as well as others, with jobs and roles on the line.
Here are the winners and losers of this historic preseason contest Las Vegas will never forget.
That first game in Las Vegas had the makings of a snoozer because of the Raiders quarterback situation. Starter Derek Carr was ruled out by coach Jon Gruden, and substitute quarterback Marcus Mariota was pulled out with a minor injury.
That meant third-team QB Nathan Peterman would take the first shots of the Raiders at Allegiant. However, he displayed his continued development under Gruden and looked fantastic, especially starting the game. Peterman led a 76-yard touchdown to start things off, and he guided a 17-play, 87-yard field goal in the second quarter. He played the entire game and finished with 246 passing yards 29-39.
It wasn’t a perfect game for Peterman, but his stock grew within the Raiders’ organization and throughout the NFL. Moreover, his game is also a favorable sign for Gruden. Maybe the “QB guru” still knows how to develop signal callers after all.
There was a lot of buzz surrounding wide receiver Zay Jones heading into the preseason. But he’s yet to score the Raiders since GM Mike Mayock traded him a fifth-round draft pick in 2019. Can he finally deliver this season?
The first feedback says yes. With Peterman, Jones brought the Raiders to life in the team’s first practice, scoring a 28-yard catch when the Raiders had yet to settle into the game. Jones also came close to scoring a touchdown, but narrowly missed another picturesque reception. He finished with three catches on three targets for 57 yards. It’s preseason, but it could finally be the year for Jones in the silver and black.
This returning rookie from Louisiana Lafayette made a lot of talk during training camp, especially given his notable size. Measuring 5 feet 10 inches and 230 pounds, Ragas got the ball early and took advantage of it.
He scored the first touchdown of the game on a fourth-and-1 play, slipping down the right side of the offensive line to pay for the dirt. He continued to rack up yards as the game progressed, displaying nimble feet to go along with his considerable weight.
With RB replacement Jalen Richard injured, Ragas could have a chance to make the squad. He certainly didn’t hurt his chances on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The Raiders’ new defensive coordinator has a big job to do. The Las Vegas defense was horrendous a season ago, sidetracking the team’s playoff hopes. Bradley was taken to the wilderness to fix it.
On Saturday, his defense set the tone for the change. He sent rookie cornerback Nate Hobbs on an early blitz and found results resulting in a vicious QB sack. The blitz is unusual for Bradley’s 3 deep zone scheme, but that aspect of his defense shone as well, covering the Seahawks’ offense early and often.
His first four provided decent pressure, and his experience with second-year linebacker Tanner Muse was not a failure, with Muse having a pass in the first half.
If Bradley can resurrect the Raiders’ many draft picks in defense and start his freshman Raiders well, Las Vegas will be in business this season. So far, so good. Despite a few hiccups from the reserve in the second half, Bradley’s defense allowed just 194 attacking yards against the Seahawks.